London

Inverness Castle, Scotland

We visited Inverness, which is on the east coast of Scotland, just before Christmas 2016, and again at the start of  March 2017, unfortunately on each trip, we were unable to stop in the centre of the city….. we had run out of time on both occasion.  I could only managed to get a few photos from the car window.  Also the visits were late in the afternoon and the light was fading.  To top it all, the castle had scaffolding around one of the towers, but then I noticed, very small people looking out over the city.  I want to keep a record of the scaffolding, as we will be visiting again, and although the castle is not open, the castle grounds and gardens are.  I would like to go back in the sunshine and take some more photos.  Inverness is growing at a great rate of knots and soon will become another large Scottish city.  So I would like to try to collect some little bits of Inverness, before they all vanish.

A little history ………The sandstone Inverness Castle, was built in 1836 to plans drawn by architect William Burn.  It was constructed on a mound overlooking the city and the River Ness.  In 1848, a building known as the North Block was added and served as a prison.  But a castle had occupied the site from possibly as far back as the 11th Century.  Over the centuries, the fortification fell under the control of the forces of Edward I, Robert the Bruce and James I, II and IV.  In 1562, it was attacked and damaged by soldiers loyal to Mary, Queen of Scots, before it was almost destroyed by Royalist troops in the 1600s.
Bonnie Prince Charlie’s forces blew the castle up in 1746 to prevent it from falling into the hands of government troops.  It was said that a French sergeant, who had brought his poodle with him to Scotland, set off the explosives.  The soldier was caught in the blast, and his body was blown across to the opposite side of the River Ness, his dog survived.  Today the castle houses Inverness Sheriff Court. The Drum Tower houses an exhibition of castle history and is open daily in the summer season. The castle itself is not open to the public.

London Rain

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London in the rain, March 2016.  The Fens, August 2016 and more rain, tonight we had a down pour that within minutes flooded the front garden, now, you would be hard put to believe the we had any rain at all, hot and humid again, maybe a little fresher 🙂

Aquarium Magic – London, UK

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As I have posted a photo of the Aquarium in Boston, America, I thought it only right I should post one photo of London’s Aquarium.  I thought Boston’s Aquarium difficult to take photos, London is even worse, so dark and so many people.  So this photo is a little bit of magic, as all the rest came out with a bit of a blur.  I like the colour of this one and the fact that you tell they are fish 🙂

The Islander Touring Train, Newport, Rhode Island, USA

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I just need to post this, its a very rare photo……its the only train we saw on our trip to the States last year 2015.  I think it only runs a couple of days a week and for special occasions, in Newport, Rhode Island ….. well it wasn’t going anywhere when we passed by in the car, but at least I have a photo 🙂

June 2015

Misty Thames

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This is the River Thames Christmas 2012, it was freezing cold, wet and not very festive.  It was very misty with the rain pouring down, and took me right back as a child to London in the smog, when sometimes you could hardly see the person in front of you.